16th November 2017
Our junior camogie team started their campaign on Tuesday last with an away game against Clarin College from Athenry. RCC got off to a fine start with a strong run from Aoife Campbell, passing the ball to Jade Mc Cormack who converted from forty meters out. This was soon followed by a super goal from Ashling Treacy who pulled on the ball to put it in the back of the net. RCC led the game for the next ten minutes until a forty five for Clarin College resulted in a goal. From this point on Clarin College began to put the pressure on RCC. However, numerous saves from goalkeeper Lauryn Flaherty kept RCC in the game at half time. In the second half RCC fought right to the end. Numerous chances were created from strong runs from Riesse Donlon, Tia Cronin and Shauna Clogher. However, a goal from Clarin College’s midfielder and some well worked points in the last ten minutes meant Clarin College were victorious. The girls can be very proud of their first performance this year with many positives to be taken from the game.
16th November 2017
Willow Basket Weaving with Michel Griffiths.
Last week our Learning for Life students immersed themselves in a busy schedule of practical and creative lessons. We got out from behind our desks, rolled up our sleeves, weaved and baked and danced, scrubbed up for theatre, drummed and walked …… there was a lot of walking.
Monday: On Monday we had a chance to practise our basket weaving skills. Michel Griffiths an ICA member and tutor with the National Learning Network held us spellbound as she explained the history of the willow basket and with great skill and a lot of patience set about helping us all produce one that we could be proud of. Some of us were weaving wonders from the outset and the standard of the finished products was very high.
Tuesday: In keeping with the diverse nature of our week, Tuesday morning brought great excitement and a little anxiety to our classroom. We had a visit from theatre nurse Jane, who brought to life for us the challenges and rewards that come with working in a busy operating theatre. We all got the opportunity to scrub up and get gowned up and prepped for surgery. We will definitely be at ease if we do ever need to have a medical procedure in the future. We enjoyed this talk so much we did not want Jane to leave and Ms Ward and Ms Drury wish to sincerely thank her for staying on well past the end of class to answer our students many questions.
Dr Mullen will see you now…
In the afternoon our very own Line Dancing champion Dolores Farrell gave us a masterclass in contemporary Line Dancing. Again some of us were naturals. Unfortunately we were so busy vining and spinning that no photographic evidence exists..
Wednesday: The Great Roscommon Bake Off was in full swing in the kitchen by 9am. Learning for Life Seniors against Junior’s.
The technical challenge (Oat & Honey Flapjacks) did not end well for the senior’s (I blame the teacher) with black smoke billowing out of the oven with minutes to go. The juniors were able to scoop the title of Star Bakers with their show stopping American Style pancakes drizzled with hot chocolate sauce. Better luck next time seniors.
After all the pancakes, we made our way to the Bowling alley where the competition was fierce. Shaun Mullen and Kamil Wasilak could be professionals, but we all had a fantastic time and headed back to school to find out what the afternoon would bring.
We were not disappointed as we saw African drums being unloaded and carried into the GP hall. Fiona, was our Drumming Instructor for the rest of the day and we did not want the day to end. We drummed and laughed and drummed some more. If only it was a weekly class, maybe next year…..
Thursday: The sun was shining and we were off on a walking tour of Lough Boora Discovery Park. It was beautiful in the early winter sun and we “happily” trekked the 10km through the bog taking in the sculpture and wildlife all around. Nobody moaned about the quick pace, or being hungry, or being cold once – well maybe just the once. We did have a great day in the fresh air and Lough Boora is a beautiful free amenity on our doorstep.
Kamil & the Gathering of Stones
Friday: Inspired by our lovely adventure in Lough Boora, Friday saw us take to the woods of Mote Park for another morning stroll. We were blown away by the colour of the trees and talked and walked and before long our time was up.
We had a quick stop in Molloy’s bakery to refuel before our final activity. After a very busy week we all went to the County Library found a quiet corner and curled up with a good book.
What a perfect end to a perfect week…
Mote Park in Full Colour
Sam Noone, warm smile, hot chocolate.
Paul Cox & a cosy corner.
Ms Drury & Ms Ward wish to thank everyone who gave their time to our Active Learning week, especially Michel Griffiths, Fiona Drury & Dolores Farrell.
Thank you too to all the staff members for your help especially Ms McQuaid, Ms Sirr, Ms Farrell (SNA) and Mr McHugh.
9th November 2017
We would like to extend an open invitation to 5th and 6th class students and their parents / guardians to meet our staff, students and view our facilities on Saturday, 18th November 2017 between 10 a.m – 2 p.m.
Our college is a school community at the heart of which is the student. Within our school community we strive to create a positive, caring and friendly learning environment where students feel a sense of belonging. We place emphasis on the academic, social and personal development of individual students, giving them every opportunity to achieve their potential.
Our approach to teaching and learning is interactive, encouraging independent thought and creativity. Our vibrant and energetic teaching team are committed to embracing innovative teaching practices conducive to establishing a learning environment capable of developing a range of cognitive abilities and appealing to a variety of learners. We are a team who support our students, each other and the wider school community.
Our school provides a curriculum, offering a broad range of subjects to higher level from Junior Certificate to Leaving Certificate. We also offer a Learning for Life Programme where students may be awarded a QQI Level 1 - Certificate in Communications, QQI Level 2 - Certificate in General Learning, QQI Level 3 - Certificate in General Learning.Our delivery of the curriculum is complimented by after school supports such asAfter School Study and Homework Club.
One of the exciting highlights of the coming academic year at RCC is none other than the launch of our next school musical ‘Grease’. We are pleased to announce that auditions, workshops and rehearsals will be commencing between May – December of 2019. Our musical directors Ms. Smyth and Ms. Nestor would be delighted to meet any potential cast member during the Open Day where those interested can complete an Expression of Interest Form.
All of our students are supported by an expert Pastoral Care Team who ensure that students who are experiencing difficulties, be they academic, emotional or social, are cared for in a sensitive, compassionate and proactive way. The team aim to provide well-being for all members of the school community in our safe and caring environment.
Dr. Chambers is currently visiting all schools in the catchment area, where he will furnish 6th class students with a copy of our School Prospectus and Application Form. If you would like an information pack, please contact our school Secretary on 090 6626670.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 18th November.
9th November 2017
Last week four teachers returned from a course in Iceland. This is part of an ongoing programme called Erasmus+. Roscommon Community College received funding from the European Union for 24 teachers to partake in six different courses in Iceland, Finland, Italy and Malta. These will all be completed over the next 18 months. These courses are for teachers to upskill in various areas and also to immerse themselves in education systems that are proven to be at the forefront of student learning. There are three main areas that will be looked at: Co-operative learning methods and new pedagogies, school retention policies and reaching potential in a diverse classroom.
Ms. Carroll, Mr. Timmons, Ms. Connelly and Mr. Devaney participated on the first of these in Iceland. This course centred on designing new methods and strategies for the classroom where students take the lead, rather than the teacher. This is mainly achieved through co-operative learning where students work together to gather information and disseminate it to each other in very structured groups, where everyone has a role to play. No student feels isolated when learning takes place in this manner and the teachers on the course found that this worked very well when they practised some of the methods amongst themselves. The teachers on this course will demonstrate these methods to the rest of the teaching staff in RCC and we will adopt a whole school approach to incorporating some of these methods where teachers feel they could be useful in their classroom.
The teachers participated in a six day course where there were teachers from all over Europe involved – the knowledge gained from talking to these teachers alone was immense. Participants had two days extra to travel around the country of Iceland and for the three Geography teachers involved this was a dream come true! It lived up to all expectations as the Northern Lights were visible on numerous nights, volcanoes were climbed, the mid-Atlantic ridge was viewed and some story telling in a traditional Icelandic farm also kept us entertained.
9th November 2017
On Thursday October 26th our Senior Volleyball team travelled to Strokestown to play St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh in the first round of the championship. This game was a cracker from start to finish with two very evenly matched teams. While injury unfortunately led to RCC having the minimum six players it still did not deter from their team spirit and performance. RCC were unlucky in the first set as it went down to the wire going all the way to 28-26 in favour of Kiltimagh. However, more communication and teamwork saw RCC take the second set 25-20. Tied with a set each the third set was crucial. Against time both teams agreed to play to 15. St. Louis got off to the better start and pulled away ending the set 15-7. All in all it was a great sporting game from both sides. Both teams advance to the second round of the competition. Best of luck girls.